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Plant-Based Diet For Dummies Paperback – June 30, 2014
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- Choose foods that boost your energy, lower your cholesterol, and protect your cells
- Prepare meals that provide balanced nutrition from plant-based foods
- Maintain a plant-based diet at any stage of life
Reap the benefits a plant-based diet has to offer
Getting nutrition from plant-based foods is one of the best things you can do to lose weight, fight disease, and feel great. Chock-full of info on the most nutrient-dense foods, details on modifying your diet, and much more, this down-to-earth guide gives you everything you need to eliminate meat and reap the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle!
- Plant a seed — understand how a plant-based diet and lifestyle improves your energy, lowers your cholesterol, and protects your body’s cells from damage by cancer-causing agents
- Meat, be gone — transition to plant-based living with tips on overhauling your kitchen contents, being a savvy shopper, and boosting your diet with supplements
- What’s on your plate? — discover how to make wholesome choices for your meals and get organized with handy grocery lists and meal plans
- Get cookin’ — make simple and delicious recipes the whole family will love, and find out how to modify your favorite recipes to be plant-based
- Take note — find plant-based specifics for athletes, expectant moms, seniors, and children
Open the book and find:
- 50+ recipes for every meal of the day
- Tips for filling your fridge and pantry with plant-based foods
- How to navigate restaurants and special occasions on a plant-based diet
- Ideas for stretching your recipes beyond one meal
- Guidance on raising children on a plant-based diet
- Which plant foods are good sources of fat, protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber
- Ten plant-based treatments to add to your beauty routine
About the Author
Marni Wasserman is a culinary nutritionist and health strategist. She owns and operates her Food Studio and Lifestyle Shop in Toronto where she teaches people how to make everyday eating simple and delicious. She also writes for Tonic Toronto magazine, Huffington Post, Chatelaine Magazine, and her blog at www.marniwasserman.com.
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Top customer reviews
Having addressed the undertones of I'm-better-than-you-vegetarianism. Let's get to what I think is good about this book.
The book contains many plant-based recipes in it, and all the ones I have tried have been delicious. In addition to these recipes, the book helps readers understand micronutrients and macronutrients, and shows how you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need from various plants. For example, it explains that bok choy is high in calcium, sea salt offers the iodine you need while being lower in sodium, and kale is a good source of iron.
There is a lot of good information on nutrition in this book and I think it is well worth the read, especially if you're curious about the benefits of a plant-based diet. There is some preachiness to it, but I think the useful information far outweighs whatever opinions might be present.
This Plant-Based Diet book was written by an expert in the field, Marni Wasserman, who provides a thorough background for the reader in the hows and whys of plant based eating. She is not so much pushing vegetarian or vegan eating on the reader, but rather showing how to incorporate a healthier lifestyle through good nutrition. With that said, at the end of the book she does strongly oppose eating meat and lays out the scientific reasons behind her position.
With all that aside, this is a great cookbook and tool for setting up a healthy kitchen, being a smart shopper as well as what to buy, using supplements appropriately, eating out and staying healthy, and finally feeding children/the ill/the pregnant and the elderly.
If you want, you can skip the main info and go right to the recipes because they are clearly arranged with great instructions, tips, and notes. And like all "For Dummies" books, there is online support and information.
Taking her advice and recipes, I now make my own Hemp Seed milk because family members are completely lactose intolerant and were tired of almond milk. The Hemp Seeds are also available at Amazon if you can't find them where you live. I live part time in a rural area and could not get spelt flour or kamuth flour, but these are readily available in large cities and online. I did not have any difficulty finding any other ingredients at my local/rural Publix grocery store.
So this is a great introduction for beginners to the idea of plant based eating, but it is also a great tool for those with intermediate knowledge, and it has excellent recipes.